Woman films herself gorging on junk food for thousands of followers

Woman, 28, films herself gorging on junk food for thousands of YouTube followers – and even claims it helped cure her eating disorder

  • Fabio Mattison, 28, has 8,000 YouTube followers by eating junk food on camera
  • Yorkshire-based Fabio said the films have cured her decade-long eating disorder
  • Upon making her first clip in 2018, Fabio said she found it strangely therapeutic

A woman has built up thousands of YouTube followers by gorging on piles of junk food on camera.

North Yorkshire-based Fabio Mattison, 28, said the Mukbang craze – a trend started in South Korea in 2010, which involves people filming themselves eating food as they interact with their audience – has cured her decade-long eating disorder.

The former office administrator, who boasts an 8,000 strong following, is one of the first UK YouTubers to join the fad after watching one of the films back in 2014.

Upon making her first video in 2018, Fabio said she found it strangely therapeutic after worrying about gaining weight and struggling to eat in front of people since her late teens. 

North Yorkshire-based Fabio Mattison (pictured), 28, has built up thousands of YouTube followers by gorging on piles of junk food while on camera

Fabio (pictured) said the Mukbang craze – a trend started in South Korea in 2010, which involves people filming themselves eating food as they interact with their audience – has cured her decade-long eating disorder

She explained: ‘Having thousands of people watching me eat online has somehow allowed me to enjoy eating again. 

‘I’ve had issues with food since I was 19 years old. I was constantly worried about putting on weight, and I had insecurities about people watching me eat. 

‘And it even got to the point, instead of going to the kitchen, I’d often cook and eat my food on a stove in my room. 

‘But when I started watching Mukbang videos I realised that food wasn’t the big bad wolf, or something to be afraid of – so I decided to try making one myself.’ 

Having previously tried counselling to ease her anxiety around food without success, Fabio said her videos are like ‘home therapy’ and she is now happy to make money by wolfing down takeaways online.

The former office administrator (pictured in one of her most popular clips), who boasts an 8,000 strong following, is one of the first UK YouTubers to join the fad after watching one of the films back in 2014

Upon making her first video in 2018, Fabio (pictured) said she found it strangely therapeutic after worrying about gaining weight and struggling to eat in front of people since her late teens

She continued: ‘I get a lot of people who suffer from anxiety messaging me. They say my videos have helped take their mind off things, which, in turn helps me by boosting my self-esteem. 

‘Also, if someone’s a bit lonely they message me and say, “Thanks for keeping me company.” I want my videos to be a warm and inviting space – it’s like an online community of friends.’ 

Fabio has a growing fan base for her Mukbang output, with almost 90 per cent of her viewers living in the USA and has now made more than 50 clips – capturing herself eating an array of foods, ranging from chocolate fudge cake to chicken nuggets and chips. 

‘Fast food is the most popular, though. I think people like watching it as a guilty pleasure,’ she explained. 

‘The food you eat on camera needs to be exciting, so I always try and research what is doing well. Eating salads is never going to be as popular as eating a takeaway, as its way too virtuous. 

Having previously tried counselling to ease her anxiety around food without success, Fabio (pictured) said her videos are like ‘home therapy’ and she is now happy to make money by wolfing down takeaways online

‘If someone’s trying to cut out carbs, or is allergic to a certain type of food, I think they get a kick out of watching someone else eat what they can’t.’ 

While she believes many of her subscribers watch her videos for some innocent fun, Fabio – who also uploads make-up tutorials to YouTube – admits there are some who get their kicks from watching her scoff. 

‘I can understand why people with food fetishes would watch my videos,’ she said, admitting that her family were initially sceptical about her films and struggled to ‘get their heads around’ the idea of her eating food online. 

‘I can see how some viewers might find some aspects of my videos arousing – like my lips being around a burger or hot dog.’ 

But as well as a platoon of fans, Fabio has also attracted her fair share of online trolls.

Fabio (pictured) has a growing fan base for her Mukbang output, with almost 90 per cent of her viewers living in the USA and has now made more than 50 clips

‘You have to take the bad with the good, but some people can just be plain rude,’ she said. ‘People will say stuff like, “Who is that creature?” or “Look at those lips?” It can be disheartening, but I know it’s just Internet trolls with nothing better to do.’ 

Fabio has even learnt how to control her video budgets, by first making Cookbang videos – another Korean-inspired trend for cooking clips – and then eating what she makes on a Mukbang film. 

But as well as a platoon of fans, Fabio, pictured, has also attracted her fair share of online trolls

‘It can be expensive to film with junk food all the time, so I started doing Cookbangs,’ Fabio explained. 

‘I had requests from my subscribers who wanted me cook too. I think it gives them a different perspective on the food I eat. I take the audience through the cooking process of dishes like chilli or sausages and mash, and then they can watch me eat it at the end.’ 

Unlike some of her Mukbang contemporaries, who gorge on vast amounts of food, Fabio – who films her content in the corner of her living room – says her portions are more controlled. 

‘I’m more relatable than other Mukbang stars,’ she said. ‘I don’t just sit there and eat as much as I can – I eat plenty, but I limit it. If I’m eating a takeaway like KFC, I’ll always order a selection – but no more than four pieces.’  

Observing how making Mukbang videos has improved Fabio’s self-confidence, her family, although initially sceptical, now see them as a good thing. ‘Now my mum watches my videos and she even suggests what I can eat on them,’ 

Unlike some of her Mukbang contemporaries, who gorge on vast amounts of food, Fabio – who films her content in the corner of her living room – says her portions are more controlled

Fabio said. ‘She can see that making them has helped my head space. It’s not just eating it’s about sharing a story too. You can chat to the camera about anything while you eat, and for me that’s like having therapy at home. 

‘And, rather than my videos being just about food, I talk to the audience about everything from my life to just how my day has been. I’m quite real, and if I’m feeling sad, I’ll tell my viewers.’ 

For the future, Fabio hopes to continue to develop her YouTube channel and has ambitions to increase her following in the UK. 

She concluded: ‘I’d love to have millions of followers from all over the world. But I’d really like to grow a fan base closer to home. I hope by continuing to make videos I can help other people too.’

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